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Proposed changes to union rules divide U.S. business, labor

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. union organizers squared off against powerful business interests on Thursday over whether proposed federal rule changes for union organizing are an overdue procedural update or a radical step that would put employers at a disadvantage.

Northwestern University appeals decision granting football team union vote

By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - Northwestern University formally asked a U.S. labor agency on Wednesday to review a decision by one of its regional directors that the school's football players are effectively employees and can therefore vote on whether to unionize. The "unprecedented decision" could "alter the underlying premise on which collegiate varsity sports is based," the university's attorneys said in a brief filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C.

Northwestern says ruling allowing athletes to unionize overlooked key testimony, will appeal

CHICAGO - Northwestern University on Friday criticized a federal agency's landmark ruling giving Wildcat football players the green light to form the nation's first college athletic union, also confirming that it will appeal. If it withstands an appeal, the dramatic decision this week by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, Peter Ohr, could fundamentally change a college sports industry worth billions of dollars. Vice-President for University Relations Alan Cubbage said in a Friday statement that Ohr had "applied incorrect legal standards."

U.S. college, athletes wanting to unionize face long battle

By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - Northwestern University football players who tentatively won the right to unionize are digging in for a lengthy legal and political battle with the Illinois school that could reshape the multimillion-dollar sports business U.S. colleges have built around unpaid amateur players.

Northwestern players score in bid to unionize college football

By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - The U.S. government decided on Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University who get scholarship money are effectively school employees and can vote on organizing what could become the first labor union for U.S. college athletes.

Football players at US university can unionize

In a decision that could herald a US college sports revolution, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University's American football players are employees and can unionize. Peter Sung Ohr, director of the Chicago Regional Office of the NLRB, said the time the players devote to their sport and the fact that their scholarships are linked to their football participation make them employees as defined by the National Labor Relations Act.

Analysis: U.S. college football players tackle NLRB in bid to unionize

By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - Football players at Northwestern University have kicked off a daunting, but not necessarily impossible, drive to become the first U.S. college athletes to unionize, starting a legal process with the potential to redefine college sports. Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter has teamed up with Ramogi Huma, a former University of California-Los Angeles player turned activist, to form the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), a first-of-its-kind labor union.

Labor agency move to speed union elections draws business ire

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government agency that oversees labor relations in private-sector workplaces said on Wednesday it plans to update unionization rules so the process is faster, drawing criticism from business groups. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), making proposals that are virtually identical to some it put forward in 2011, said it wants to set up new electronic filing procedures and to help employers, employees and unions share information and reduce unnecessary litigation.

Labor board revives long-stalled effort to speed up union election process

WASHINGTON - Labour regulators are trying once again to streamline the process in which workers decide whether to join labour unions, a move sure to reignite the bitter debate between union advocates and employers that seek to discourage workers from unionizing.

New labor union courts U.S. college football players

By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - A new labor union is being formed for U.S. college athletes, and football players at Northwestern University in Chicago are looking to get onboard, the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) announced Tuesday. An "overwhelming majority" of Northwestern's scholarship football players have notified the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that they are seeking representation with CAPA, the group said in a statement.
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